The Herald, Sharon, Pa.


February 25, 2014

Boys, Girls District 10 Preview Boxes


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West Middlesex (18-5) vs. Mercyhurst Prep (17-6).

What: Semifinals.

When: 8:30 p.m. today.

Where: Sharon High.

Players: West Middlesex—Trey Staunch, 6-foot-3 Jr. post (22.0 ppg.); Ryan Dogan, 6-2 Soph. 2-guard (10 ppg. 61 3-point field goals; Josh Porterfield, 6-4 Soph. post (9.2 ppg.); Isaac Williams, 5-11 Jr. point guard (7.8); Christian Porterfield, 5-11 Sr. swingman; Andrew Long, 5-4 Jr. point guard (5 ppg.). Mercyhurst Prep—Rocco Agnello, 5-11 Sr. guard (13.7 ppg); Aaron Haas, 5-9 Sr. guard; Matt Puda, 5-10 Sr. guard; Luke Holland, 6-9 Sr. post; Nate Klein, 6-0 Sr. forward; Chris Vallimont, 6-4 Jr. forward; Justin Baker, 6-5 Jr. forward.

Bonus Shots: The Big Reds are the reigning D-10 AA titlists, and — including the 2012 single-A crown — are seeking a 3-peat. ... Chad Mild (254-136, 65.1 percent), in his 15th season, is the winningest mentor in Middlesex roundball annals. The Lakers are led by 4th-year Head Coach Sean Baer (73-30).... The Big Reds routed Cambridge Springs (75-53) in the opening round, led by Staunch’s game-high 30-point, 18-rebound double-double and a combined 11 triples between Dogan (6) and Williams (5). Prep pounded Mercer (59-42), led by Vallimont (13), Holland (12), Haas (9) and Agnello and Puda (8 apiece). ... Christian Porterfield missed 9 games with an injured left (non-shooting) wrist. ... In spite of all the success Middlesex has enjoyed during the last 3-plus postseasons (13-4 overall — 8-1 in the D-10 tourney; 5-3 in the PIAA playoffs), it has not met Mercyhurst Prep. ... Middlesex and Mercyhurst Prep’s programs share a commonality from the success of 2013: Both had their seasons short-circuited by eventual PIAA champion Beaver Falls — Prep in the 2nd round (53-39); the Big Reds in the Western Regional championship game (59-47). ... The game will be broadcast on SportsRadio 96.7 (WLLF FM), with Mark Slezak and Bob Greenburg calling the action.


Reynolds (15-7) vs. Fairview (21-2).

What: Semifinals.

When: 7 p.m. today.

Where: Edinboro University of Pennsylvania’s McComb Field House.

Players: Reynolds—Garhett Frable, 6-2 Jr. post (17.2 ppg.); Cory Woods, 6-3 Sr. swingman (11.8); Jake Leipheimer, 6-0 Jr. point guard (7.7); Jake Reimold, 6-1 Soph. swing-guard (5.2); Kyle McConnell, 6-3 Sr. forward (6.4 ppg.); Dylan McDanel, 5-9 Fr. guard; Anthony Beck, 6-0 Sr. guard; Nick Rodemoyer, 6-1 Sr. forward. Fairview—Andy Niland, Marc Corbin, Ben Kocan, Shannon Jackson, 6-2 Sr. forward; Dan Dewey, Stephen Rinderle.

Bonus Shots: Dan Kilgore is in his 3rd season at the reins of the Raiders (37-28) and coming off his 1st playoff win. Tigers’ taskmaster Keith Nies (213-119) is in his 13th year. ... The Raiders sneaked past Seneca (47-43) in their opener, as Frable fired in 19 points and Reimold rifled in another 15; however, Kyle McConnell missed his 1st game of the season. Fairview finished off Wilmington’s season (61-55), but the Tigers had to claw from a 26-all stalemate at intermission. Jackson — the prolific football running back — fired in 14 for Fairview and Niland and Corbin tallied 12 apiece for the Tigers, while Dewey drained a trio of treys. ... Fairview fell to West Middlesex (58-48) in last season’s semifinals, then was edged by Mercyhurst Prep (45-38) in the consy contest for a PIAA playoff berth. ... Reynolds last reached the D-10 tourney in 2011, losing to North East (66-47) in the opening round. This is the program’s best season since ’08-09 (23-3, PIAA playoff opening-round loss to Jeannette). That season, Fairview forged a 43-38 win over Reynolds in the D-10 semifinals. ... The game will be broadcast on NewsTalk 790 (WPIC AM) with Brandon Phillian and Mike Jeckavitch calling the action.

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